The revamped SPFL Reserve league which kicked off just last season looks very unfamiliar as they kick off the season.

Celtic were rumoured to have pulled their reserve side out of the competition but this was confirmed with the season kicking off and the league missing a number of big hitters.

The reserve league only spanned 17 games and did not provide enough proper competition and aid development. A view not just held by Celtic but by eight other clubs who also pulled out of the competition.

Clubs like The Rangers, Aberdeen, St Johnstone, Hibernian, Dundee, Falkirk, and Partick Thistle in pulling out.

For Celtic, they’re still looking to get a colt side in the lower leagues. Currently, there are some clubs who have been afforded the opportunity to play a colt side in the Challenge cup.

The Scottish champions saw little benefit in continuing their presence the reserve league and will push for reform.

Celtic Head of Youth Development Chris McCart told RecordSport back in May:

“We are trying to improve and bridge the gap between the Reserves and the top team. We wanted to create a Colts team in the lower leagues but that was knocked back.”


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